whatabout okkklaoma? me post link of racist cop and then me post link of dancing cop. me make point me think.
Nah, no point intended. Just news related to a post Zardoz made weeks ago about White Supremacists invading American law enforcement, and a video posted for fun because it was a sunny Monday afternoon.
canada should get serious about aboriginals'. *so* thought provoking, lol.
Panties, tiny, bang....splutter...whirr...
Aboriginal affairs are of near existential importance to the entire Canadian project, IMO. A mature democracy can't move forward without first dealing with its original sins. Germany had to deal with Nazism and the division of the country in two. Eastern European countries have had to deal with the legacy of the Soviet era. We in the UK are still dealing with Ireland, Wales and Scotland - i.e. conquests going back centuries, which Brexit has brought to the fore once again. Colonial countries like Canada, Australia, etc. where the colonists weren't formally expelled through revolution need to dig in and deal with the contradictions that come from their origins. You can't keep calling yourself a bastion of human rights when those who live in your own country continue to be marginalised.
The first step will be to clean up the mess created by the Harper gov't treating FN affairs as an obstacle to his economic/energy policies rather than as fundamental rights claims based both in foundational law and in domestic and international human rights law. This is particularly important for Canada from an international perspective because the soft power of human rights and respect for international law etc. is one of their prime political levers in international affairs. Domestically, it's of cardinal importance for the gov't to begin to uphold fundamental rights and treaty obligations and become an honest broker on FN affairs and for the general non-FN population to get their heads out of their asses. Both from the perspective of dispensing basic justice and to clear up a centuries-long hypocrisy but also from a pragmatic perspective. Sustainable economic development in key resource industries requires that - at the very least - FN be brought to the table as partners when discussing matters that infringe on their claimed rights. The problem can't continually be swept under the carpet or sidestepped through legalistic finagling such as the Harper gov't tried to do.
Frankly, as more and more FN people get educated in law and organise, the obstacle they pose to economic development, etc. is only going to become bigger and bigger and it will cost taxpayers and businesses more and more to litigate what will surely be an endless series of cases. Harper spent 100s of millions of dollars fighting cases against FN claims instead of trying to create a comprehensive policy that would address their legitimate concerns in the right terms. He failed to see that the problem wasn't one of duelling pragmatic/legalistic interests, but based in a much deeper claim to basic justice. To continue that policy would eventually necessitate ever-more repressive police tactics like that seen with Dakota Access, etc. which is not only costly but smacks in the face of Canadian political values and law.
That's without getting to more acute issues like the Human Rights Tribunal judgement vis a vis discrimination against FN children. The Trudeau gov't have at least gotten to the table with FN - which is a major step up on the previous gov't - but they haven't done enough to put their words into practice in regard to that ruling and to other issues like missing women, etc. One can only hope that if TC is right that this shuffle has a "star" going into Aboriginal Affairs, that it's going to start to address some of this shit.